The Government of Canada made the monumental decision, in 2014, to license medical cannabis producers through Health Canada, the government agency responsible for the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) program. The medical marijuana grown by each licensed producer must be tested by Health Canada to ensure quality control and proper potency labeling for patients.
As a result of testing one strain from the Peace Naturals Project Inc. production facility in Ontario, Health Canada issued the first medical marijuana recall of 2015. The strain was packaged as though it contained only 9 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid known to produce the psychoactive effects of marijuana. When tested, however, the strain actually contained closer to 14 percent THC.
This is the second time in less than one year that a strain produced by Peace Naturals has been recalled. Last time the Peace Naturals strain was recalled for testing too high in harmful bacteria. Although no patients have submitted complaints about the strain being too potent or producing adverse effects, Health Canada issued the recall to warn patients that it is stronger than labeled.
Last year, four different recalls on medical marijuana were issued by Health Canada. The reasons strains were added to the recall list included test results revealing high levels of mold, bacteria and potency, as well as for unsatisfactory production practices.
The states in which medical marijuana has been legalized in America do not require such thorough testing of medical marijuana products. There are many proponents and opponents to such testing requirements. and proponents in some of those states are working to adopt stricter testing laws. It will be a while before any testing requirements of this sort are enacted in the United States because cannabis remains federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
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